I came across something on Artuz 7 that was too sickening for words. Manu Pineda, a Spanish Communist Member of the European Parliament who lived in Gaza and associates with Hamas and PFLP and was recently denied entry to Israel as part of an EU delegation said this: “[Gaza] has now become an extermination camp!”
You hear that?! “An extermination camp.” It is absolutely obscene to use that language and propagate that lie!! Outrageous. As if we took them to Gaza and make them stay there! It’s their country. Hamas has made it what it is.
But soon after I came across something that helped me recover, a recent speech from Belgian Member of the European Parliament, Assita Kanko, who attacked Pineda with so much intelligence and righteous wrath I started having hope that we are not alone in the world arena. This is what she said to Pineda in front of the entire assembly:
“I’m very shocked by the intervention of my colleague. We all here stand for human rights. We stand for the fact that all humans are equal. I really don’t know where you have been staying in the past days, but maybe you were on the moon or anywhere else, but have you seen what happened in Israel?” “Have you seen that people went into houses to find human beings, to bring them outside, to kill, kidnap, or kill the babies just because they are Jews?”
“Do you remember history?”
“Do you remember what happened on European soil?”
“Do you want anything like that to happen again?”
“Did you see that a teacher was killed in France last Friday?”
“That today marks 3 years of the assassination and beheading of Samuel Paty.”
“Why don’t you speak up against the violation of our fundamental rights and our values in Europe.”
Have you seen the people also chanting in Rome, in London, in Paris, in Amsterdam, in Rotterdam, saying that we are the bad ones, saying that they are defending Palestinians, but in fact they are supporting the Islamic terror group Hamas.”
“Did you see that?”
“Why don’t you speak against that?”
“You know … the Palestinians are the first victims of the Hamas. Shame on you!”
In response, many members cheered and applauded Kanko for her speech.
Thankfully, truth is not dead. Hamas is not winning the media war. If you look at popular forums like MailOnline and read the talkbacks to photos (many of them doctored for propaganda purposes) to show the suffering of the “innocents” in Gaza you would be encouraged: almost everyone refuses to buy it, instead blaming Hamas for what’s happening, or saying things like: “Why don’t you let the hostages go then? What did you expect was going to happen?”
In general, it’s really very different than the response to the last Gaza war. Unfortunately because the atrocities were so blatant and so documented by Hamas itself on head cameras… (what were they thinking?) But also because Israel got out ahead of the story and showed the truth right from the beginning. So it’s not working for Hamas the way it used to. But honestly, I’m so sick of arguing with people, or caring about what they think. We should just say:
This isn’t seventy years ago, you kill Jews, you die along with your wife and kids. So just… don’t.
I was surprised to read that the IDF actually crossed the border and went into Gaza last night with tanks and bulldozers, killing dozens of terrorists and creating facts on the ground for any eventual post war situation which will keep Gazans far from our borders. No more farmers up to the fence! They also brought back the bodies of ten Israelis murdered by terrorists for identification and burial. They knew the bodies were there. It seems that there is a sudden flood of information coming from Gazans in response to the IDF offer of payment and safe passage. Let’s hope most of it is about the location of the hostages.
You can see why a normal Gazan might be tempted to call or write the IDF. Here is a recent transcript of a conversation between a Gazan resident of and an IDF officer in unit 504, the Intelligence Directorate. The officer calls to tell the Palestinian he was endangering himself by not leaving the area of Northern Gaza. Imagine, the IDF called him!
And this is what the Gazan tells him:
All the roads are blocked.
Where are the roads blocked? Who blocked the roads? Hamas?
How did they block the road?
They are simply sending everyone back home.
Are they placing cars there?
They are shooting at people.
What are they shooting? Are they shooting at people trying to leave?
Yes, yes, yes.
I wonder how all the Hamas supporters would feel about that if they knew? But they probably never will find out the truth. Hamas will make sure of that.
And so, I tell myself, I have to stop caring too about what the ignorant write and say and what prejudiced, stupid reporters write and say, and what propaganda lines the Hamas has up its sleeve for tomorrow. I say to all of them:
It’s not seventy years ago. You murder Jews, you die, along with your wife and kids. Even if you aren’t the murderer, but just support the murderers with your allegiance and your taxes, and your slogans and your marches. All of you are responsible when Jews are killed, especially when we see you celebrating as you did on October 7. All of you deserve it when you pay the price for the crimes of your elected government and your heroes and your leaders. We Jews don’t have to protect you. We don’t have to call you on the phone and tell you to leave. And if we do (!) and your elected officials – the ones you voted for, and you put into power over you – try to shoot you when you try to escape the war they started, then whose fault is that?